Via Wikipedia; image produced by Ladislav Faigl.רש”י – Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040-1105, Troyes, France), abbreviated as RaSHI. Famed as the author of the first full commentaries on both the Talmud and on Tanakh, elucidating the Aramaic source texts and adding punctuation. These works remain central to Jewish text study; entire generations of subsequent scholars  – the Tosafot – wrote commentaries and responses to Rashi’s work, with scholarship and criticism going on even today.

Read more about Rashi, his life and his works in the Jewish Encyclopedia.


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